RANGERS are one step away from securing Champions League football for the first time since 2010 – but they almost fell at the first hurdle.

The Gers were stunned by Jupiter Pro League side Union Saint-Gilloise in Belgium having lost 2-0 in the first leg of their opening qualifying fixture.

Malik Tillman fired Rangers to the Champions League play-off final against PSV


Malik Tillman fired Rangers to the Champions League play-off final against PSVCredit: PA

However Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men performed a heroic comeback at Ibrox to set themselves up with a mouth-watering play-off final with PSV Eindhoven.

But what happens if the Scottish giants are knocked out?

What happens if Rangers lose in Champions League qualifying?

If Rangers were to pull off a mighty victory over Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven, Champions League qualification would be secured.

However, if the Scottish giants were to be knocked out, Rangers would find themselves back in the Europa League this season.

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Their bitter rivals Celtic have already snatched the automatic qualification group stage spot having won the league last campaign.

What Pot will Rangers go in should they go through?

If Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s men navigate their way through the group stages, they are likely to land in Pot 4 – along with Celtic.

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This is due to the Scottish League possessing one of the lower coefficients according to UEFA ruling.

However, the Gers can possibly sneak into Pot 3 should Portuguese giants Benfica fail to secure their spot in the Champions League group stages.

And this is down to Rangers’ individual coefficient being higher than the teams in Pot 4 (Club Brugge, Celtic and Marseille) who have already qualified.

As a result, the former Scottish champions would avoid ‘tougher’ teams in their group, once the draw has been confirmed, giving them a better chance to get into the knock-out rounds.

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